Fox Phoenix Theatre
11 S. First Street,
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Opened in July 30, 1931, this was one of S. Charles Lee’s largest and most elaborate creations in the sharp-edged, abstract zig-zag Moderne style.
A special feature in its lobby was the row of streetlights alongside the staircase, topped with glass disks and spun in silver globes on the end of 15-foot uprights, outlined by the delicate filigree of the metal railing.
In the auditorium, a metalic sunburst spread across the ceiling from the radiating acoustic frames of the proscenium arch. The organ grills were silverleafed with gold highlights. 0n the side wall an archer takes aim at a gazelle, while birds fly overhead.
Jewel-like lanterns composed of geometrically shaped glass panes hang from the ceiling. Across the opposite sidewall, mythical gazelle-like creatures romp in the abstract landscape. Sunbursts top the scalloped border of the scene at the top of the wall. Angular Deco style pilasters interrupt the wall surface. A pair of leaping gazelles can also be seen above the proscenium. The fire curtain displayed an abstracted version of the Arizona desert landscape.
Sadly, the Fox Phoenix Theatre was ground to dust during its demolition in 1975.
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